Trayvon Martin Iced Tea v. Watermelon Juice Error Led to Self-Defense Debate, Activist Says

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Our October 31 article on self-defense laws in Arizona had two mistakes, as far as we know.

Culling information about the Trayvon Martin case from media reports, we misidentified the beverage Martin had on him when he was shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, as "an Arizona Iced Tea."

In fact, as firearms activist and author Alan Korwin pointed out to us, the beverage was Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail.

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Is the Thought of Charging a Sober Person With a DUI Complete Nonsense?

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Before the Arizona Supreme Court, people were actually arguing over whether stone-cold sober people can be convicted of DUI.

This issue was explored in a New Times cover story earlier this year: the state's "zero tolerance" law against a person driving with the slightest trace of marijuana in their system -- which can be the result of pot smoked weeks beforehand.

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Snowbirds in Phoenix: Good or Bad?

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It appears some feathers were ruffled this week with our list of the "10 Worst Things About Snowbirds."

The number-one retort we got was, but, the economy!

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Worse Finger in the Face: Chris Christie or Jan Brewer?

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It looks like Governor Jan Brewer's not the only one to utilize the ol' finger-in-the-face technique to try to get the upper-hand in an argument.

Whereas Brewer stuffed her finger in the face of the President of the United States, Christie shoved his in the face of another menace to society -- a schoolteacher.

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Should Joe Arpaio Be Appealing the Melendres Ruling?

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As expected, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyer filed a notice of appeal over the permanent injunction in the racial-profiling case against the Sheriff, Melendres v. Arpaio.

The Feathered Bastard previously reported that the taxpayers already are on the hook for millions in legal fees, and this decision to appeal wasn't even approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors -- at least, not formally.

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Go Daddy Getting Rid of the Go Daddy Girls: Yay or Nay?

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A former Go Daddy girl.


The female figure will not be the foundation of the marketing campaign for Scottsdale-based Go Daddy.

The company actually put out a press release stating that its commercials during the next Super Bowl will not contain "risqué innuendo."

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Is John McCain a "Reagan Republican," as He Claims to Be?

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Senator John McCain, trying to win back some of the right-wingers who've been mad at him lately, claims he's a "Reagan Republican."

The definition of "Reagan Republican" appears to be open to interpretation.

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Better Political Endorsement: Paul Babeu, or a Ham Sandwich?

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Tobin for Congress.


Yesterday, Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin announced that he had the endorsement of Pinal County Sheriff Paul "studboi1" Babeu for his run for Congress.

Given Babeu's record, it had us wondering whether it's better to have your campaign endorsed by Babeu, or slices of deli meat stuffed between a couple slices of bread.

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Prediction Poll: Which Arizona Senior Citizen Will Stay in Public Office the Longest?

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Although it was just a month ago that Senator John McCain hinted that this might be his last term, he's walked back on that one (of course).

McCain, who made his first trip to Congress in 1983, now says he's "seriously thinking about maybe" running for reelection in 2016.

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Worst Part of Christine Jones' Campaign for Governor So Far?

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One-third of Christine Jones.


It's not even the election year yet, but the campaign of former Go Daddy lawyer and GOP candidate for governor Christine Jones is not going well.

Yesterday, our colleague Ray Stern reported Jones' 2004 DUI conviction, although history (Governor Glug-Glug) shows that's not the end of the world.

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